John Liu embraces victimhood, rallies for campaign money

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New York City Comptroller John Liu was never charged with a crime or formally accused of any wrongdoing. But his campaign treasurer and one contributor were convicted in a federal trial of breaking fund-raising rules, and that may cost him millions of dollars in matching funds from the city.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board is meeting this morning to decide whether Liu's campaign should receive the matching funds, which candidates get for raising small donations from city residents. Liu's campaign is preparing a rally outside the meeting to urge the board to grant the money.

Whatever the NYCCFB decides, the conflict has enabled Liu to cast himself as a persecuted candidate who, like some voters, is struggling against a system that is out to get him. In a sense, Liu is attempting to benefit from the rhetoric of persecution much in the same way that Anthony Weiner is, leveraging broad establishment and media criticism of his candidacy to suggest that he's doing something virtuous by defying it.  

At a mayoral forum in Laurelton Queens last week Liu said he wants to from being the "embattled comptroller" to the "embattled mayor."




"Weiner is the poster boy for a subspecies of lawmakers who are really noisemakers, maestros of the cable-ready kerfuffle, their sights set on MSNBC or Fox News or Politico, their need for notice constant." — Frank Bruni


Albany County district attorney David Soares’ office "did not prosecute any of the 1,356 referrals" from the New York State Board of Elections since 2007 regarding "candidates who did not submit their required filings." Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice didn't prosecute any of the 72 complaints she received from the board. Both are members of Cuomo's anti-corruption committee. [Ken Lovett]

An anti-Christine Quinn PAC is taking over-the-limit contributions. [Chris Bragg]

Is Bill de Blasio too liberal for the outer boroughs? Is he offering too much change from Bloomberg? [Bill Keller]

Will the mayoral candidates start addressing "violent traffic deaths"? [Nicole Gelinas]

"What is at stake instead is [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie’s relationship with the rest of the country and with his party." [Benjamin Wallace-Wells]

Former assemblyman and current City Council candidate Vito Lopez doctored a photo of Hillary Clinton in a campaign mailer. [Celeste Katz]

From Capital

Anthony Weiner said the Trayvon Martin trial and verdict was treated as a sporting event for white people. [Reid Pillifant]

Sunday shows: Chuck Schumer tells Obama how to deal with a "schoolyard bully" like Vladimir Putin. [Reid Pillifant]

Asked about a delayed background-check vote, Schumer says he'd "like to see it done as quickly as possible," but there's still work to do convincing conservative gun owners. [Dana Rubinstein]


Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "Not for Publication Until Date and Time of Event"

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City and Albany."

9 a.m. Supporters of Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu rally outside the NYCCFB meeting "to remind" them "that it's Your Money, Your Voice, Your Vote!" outside 40 Rector Street, Manhattan. @JohnLiu2013

10 a.m. The New York City Campaign Finance Board will discuss Liu and other campaign topics, at 40 Rector Street. [] @NYCCFB

9:30 a.m. City Council candidate Vince Morgan discusses his affordable housing plan outside the courtroom where "Councilwoman Inez Dickens attempts to advance the eviction of a tenant," at 111 Centre Street, Manhattan. @VinceMorgan

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Nancy Cook of the National Journal, on the latest news in Washington. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @NanCook

10 a.m. On Fred DIcker's show: "To Be Announced" [Talk1300] @Fud31

11:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson tours the Far Rockaway Jewish Community, at 257 Beach 17th Street, in Far Rockaway, Queens. @BillThompsonNYC

Noon. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and his wife Lorraine visit seniors at the Northside Senior Center, 179 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

12:30 p.m. Albanese and Lorraine visit seniors at Pete McGuinness Senior Center, 715 Leonard Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

3:45 p.m. Albanese will takes questions from community and ethnic journalists at the Center for Community and Ethnic Media's Q&A Series with Mayoral Candidates, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013

6 p.m. Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz and Assembly Member Francisco Moya greet voters at William Moore Park, 51st Avenue and Corona Avenue. @MelindaKatz

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and Democratic Public Advocate candidate Cathy Guerriero. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @Stringer2013 @CathyGuerriero

Mayor's Race

Super PACs will spend millions. [Annie Karni]

Quinn said she disagreed with how the Bloomberg administration handled the Occupy Wall Street protesters. [Mike Vilensky]

Quinn promises cost a lot of money. [Mara Gay]

Weiner: "I don't believe I was" talking about running for mayor while sexting. [Erin Durkin]

Weiner: "Huma’s doing great and we’re having a lot of fun.” [Mara Gay and Annie Karni]

Why Weiner won't quit. [Jonathan Lemire]

A fake flier on interning on Weiner's campaign. [Kate Briquelet]

After Weiner's implosion, de Blasio is "quietly surging" and talking about income inequality. [Michael Barbaro]

De Blasio said the lowered student test scores are a "major wake-up call." [Javier Hernandez]

Dana Rubinstein: "He's certainly trying to shift the conversation away from his own record of dishonesty." [NY1]

Asked about Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, Rudy Giuliani defers to voters. [Adam Edelman]

One editorial page criticized de Blasio and Quinn for alleged acts of hypocrisy. [New York Post]

Public Advocate's Race

"Public advocate candidate tries to rally women to vote against men who have behaved badly." [Annie Karni]


A bill passed by Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who is running for Manhattan borough president, is cited in an editorial bemoaning the closure of Big Nick's. [Daily News]


A "senior Albany Democrat" says Cuomo will change course and campaign less as a progressive and more as a moderate. [Fred Dicker]

Former congressman Mike McMahon may run for his old seat. [Tom Wrobleski]

City Hall / City Council

A 14-year-old in the Bronx was shot and killed by the police. [Alison Fox]

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he thinks the victim, Shaaliver Douse, is the youngest person shot by the NYPD. [Vivian Yee and J. David Goodman]

"Now the Bloomberg administration, which has long used test scores as evidence of its success, has said the results due this week for third- through eighth-graders can't be used to gauge overall trends in the city schools." [Lisa Fleisher]

A City Council committee on Thursday will address service blackouts by cable providers. [Jess Wisloski]

What happens to member items now? [Nick Powell]


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law dropping the requirement for ATMs to have their fees posted on signs for customers. [AP]

One editorial page urges Cuomo's anti-corruption committee to look at New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's role in the Chevron case. [Daily News]

In an op-ed, Ed Cox, chairman of the sate Republican Party, criticized Cuomo for not spurring enough job creation. [Times Union]


Time Warner Cable replaced CBS with The Movie Channel. [NY1]

The new owner of the Boston Globe did not assume the paper's pension liabilities. [Christine Haughney]

"The Last Temptation of Tina Brown" [Leslie Kaufman and Christine Haughney]

Telling Obama to "shove it" in a headline got the opinion editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press fired. [Leslie Larson]

Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance's spokeswoman, Erin Duggan, got married. [New York Times]

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